SOME LAST AND SOME DON'T! THE TRICK TO MAKING THEM LAST.
You need to charge any automotive
batteries before you install them in your car. This trick is not well known by the
general public or by many repair facilities. An automotive battery has a memory
unlike some of your cell phone batteries. What this means is, if you put the battery
in your vehicle and turn the key without fully charging the battery, that battery
will never take a full charge again. It will never charge any more than it held
the first time it was hit with a load (trying to start a vehicle with it).
THE BATTERY ASSEMBLY LINE
When automotive batteries are made they are charged on the assembly
line. The charge is rarely a full charge. Then they are shipped to stores and sit
on the shelves. The automotive battery should be charged before you install it.
We charge all batteries right from the rack in our shop. We do this every time we
put them in a car or truck. Since the day we learned this trick from a battery executive
at a large battery company, we have not had the battery problems of the past. We
have been doing it this way now for 19 years. We have observed plenty of battery
problems as tow truck operators doing jump starts and none were ours.
IF YOUR VEHICLE DOESN'T START, IS IT THE BATTERY?
You may find it is not the battery, but the car still won't start.
A jump start to help burn through corrosion happens more than you can believe. It
wasn't as much a dead battery as it was corrosion. You need to check for corrosion
at the battery terminals and at the starter connections. Make sure the grounds are
clean as well. If you have any corrosion at the connections, the electricity must
burn through the corrosion in order for the vehicle to start. We have turned on
the headlights as a trick to help burn through the corrosion at the battery connection.
Some times it works but proper maintenance is better. If you turn the key and get
no response from the starter, try turning the key on and off a few times then see
if it will start.
BATTERIES AND OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE
The temperature outside will effect a batteries performance. If
your battery is a 750 cold cranking amp. battery and the temperature outside is
32 degrees fahrenheit (0 degrees celsius) your batteries power will be around 375
cold cranking amps or half it's full power. If you are now at 0 degrees fahrenheit
the battery will have even less power. When the temperature outside is really hot
the same effect occurs. The normal temperature outside for full power battery is
around 60 to 70 degrees fahrenheit. That explains why your vehicle won't start when
it is cold but will when it warms up. If you have a starter that is drawing more
power to start than these numbers the car will not start at some of these temperatures.
A SPECIAL NOTE FOR YOU NEVER LOOK AT THE BATTERY WHEN HOOKING UP JUMPER CABLES
WE HAVE PERSONALLY HAD A BATTERY BLOW-UP IN OUR FACES SO PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL
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